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Review: Kostrizer Schwarzbier
Posted: 28 November 2015
makes for an interesting story. It's almost 500 years old
for one. And it's located in what was the former
East Germany. Kostritzer is one of Germany's oldest producers of
black beer (dark lager), and they wouldn't have made past
400 years if they had no idea what they were doing.
Dark lager isn't really an acquired taste for Europeans.
They love it. Wouldn't surprise me all that much if
they drank it from their mother's teat as a baby.
Avg price/liter: USD 4.78
ABV %: 4.8
Kostritzer makes for an
interesting story. It's almost 500 years old for one.
That's a lot older than any craft brewery. And it's
located in what was the former East Germany. During
the two Germany days when East Germany was behind the iron
curtain, Kostritzer had a twenty year stretch from the
1950's to 1970's when it exported its brews to West Germany.
Once the two Germanies reunited in 1989, Kostritzer was
snapped up by Bitburger, which produces 386 million liters
of beer per year.
Schwarzbier is, translated,
black beer. Black lager to be more exact.
Kostritzer is one of Germany's oldest producers of it,
and they wouldn't have made past 400 years if they had no
idea what they were doing.
I had picked up a few cans of
these. My wife said to me she was inviting a few
Korean colleagues over for dinner. Could I go ahead
and order a box of beer for their enjoyment. I
selected a range of premium Japanese, German, and American
brews. The box was delayed because some of the
products needed to be back ordered and didn't arrive until
the day after the dinner was hosted.
German beers are high quality but
of a familiar enough style that the inexperienced can
quickly embrace them. I figured Kostritzer Schwarzbier
was a sure thing to win over the crowd, different enough yet
Probably a good thing it
never arrived. Dark lager isn't really an acquired taste for
Europeans. They love it. Wouldn't surprise me
all that much if they drank it from their mother's teat as a
baby. Well, their mothers would drink it and the taste
would filter though into the milk. It's only recently
that Korean-made dark lagers, emulating a German style
supposedly, have hit the Korean marketplace. Koreans
love their beers watery and limp. Kostritzer would
have blown these Korean women away, and they wouldn't have
been able to process it.
I served a range of premium
ciders instead, like
Aspall Premium Cru
and Kerne Organic.
Did anyone care? Not based on how full their glasses
remained. Not wanting to waste the excess that would
have to be poured down the drain, I drank it all!
Kostritzer Schwarzbier --
for the times you're inviting Western guests over for
dinner. If Koreans show up, add a bottle of soda to
dilute it down until it tastes like beer-flavored water.
Your guests will feel like they're back in Korea.